Beneath the Surface
Herb Williams uses crayons, but not to draw. A sculptor by trade, Williams has perfected the art of turning tens of thousands of crayons at a time into recognizable sculptural forms. He explores a multitude of themes that allow him to turn his attention to issues of a more adult nature, including those involving social hierarchy, religion, and human fulfillment, while utilizing an art-making object generally associated with childhood.
In the exhibition Beneath the Surface, Williams brings his unique art-making abilities to CMA to imagine a new breed of fish that have specially adapted to life in the midst of man-made ecological disasters.
Based out of Nashville, Herb Williams has garnered international recognition from sculpting with thousands of whole or cut Crayola crayons. Williams was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Museum Purchase Grant in 2004 and The Next Star Artist Award in 2008. His artworks are in the collection of art collectors such as Beth Rudin DeWoody, along with Museums, Children’s Hospitals, and most recently The White House has added his work to their permanent collection.